Dark Phoenix writer/director Simon Kinberg has stepped up to take the blame for the film's poor reception. In an interview with KCRW's The Business podcast, the long-time X-Men producer admitted the film's faults but said he enjoys the movie and the process in making it.
"I’m here, I’m saying when a movie doesn’t work, put it on me," Kinberg said. "I’m the writer-director, the movie didn’t connect with audiences, that’s on me."
"I actually really like the movie, [and] I had an amazing time making the movie," he continued.
As to why his views on the film weren't shared by the movie-going public at large, Kinberg said it's unfathomable.
"I mean honestly, there’s no way to know," he said. "And that’s the thing that I think can drive people crazy and keep them up and be thinking about a movie’s failure years later. If the lesson you’ve learned is that you had the wrong date or you didn’t have good marketing - that’s not a lesson."
Kinberg's next project is co-writing/directing the spy film 355 for Universal Pictures.